Assistance League Schematic Design

Client / GC De Longpre, LLC

Area / Hollywood

Status / Complete

Type / Commercial

This 1963 building was commissioned by Anne and Hancock Banning, two of mid-century Los Angeles’ leading philanthropists and entrepreneurs, and designed by renowned architect Paul R. Williams.

Assistance League Schematic Design

This 1963 building was commissioned by Anne and Hancock Banning, two of mid-century Los Angeles’ leading philanthropists and entrepreneurs, and designed by renowned architect Paul R. Williams.

Owner / GC De Longpre, LLC

Location / Hollywood

Status / Complete

Type / Commercial

This 1963 building was commissioned by Anne and Hancock Banning, two of mid-century Los Angeles’ leading philanthropists and entrepreneurs, and designed by renowned architect Paul R. Williams.

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Context

This site was the headquarters of the Assistance League, a charity group founded by Anne Banning in 1919. Williams’ design fulfilled the League’s need for a business-like environment combined with gracious spaces for entertaining. His two-story building exemplifies the pared-down Colonial Revival style that became popular after WWII. A main entry, with its curving staircase, recalls the stylization of Williams' residential projects. In the 1990s the Assistance League expanded their site and built a new adjacent building to hold job counseling offices and an adult day care facility. The Assistance League moved to Burbank in 2014.

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Design

Our project was to renovate the campus into a first-class creative office facility. Our scope included a full historic rehabilitation and interior design of the original Paul Williams building and a major remodel to the 1990s building, including a new cantilevered glass “jewel box” building in the middle of the campus.

Project photography by Hunter Kerhart. Renderings by Binyan.